Efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma: A Systematic Review


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Katharine Hill


This systematic review examines the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy as an intervention in the treatment of trauma in adults. Upon careful review of present literature, 14 articles met criteria. Common themes were identified throughout the reviewed studies, including treatment intervention comparison, variation in EMDR model, treatment fidelity, longitudinal follow-up, and co-morbidity. While results show that EMDR is an effective treatment intervention for the treatment of trauma, the majority of studies found it to be no more effective than other treatment interventions.


EMDR, trauma, systematic review

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